Young autistic racer Flashman Finneran continued to show his potential as the fight for honours in the 2014 Ginetta Junior Championship resumed at Snetterton.
The 14-year-old from Newmarket went into the weekend hoping to push forwards towards the top ten, having taken a best finish of 14th through the opening half of his first season in car competition.
Having had the chance to sample the challenging Norfolk circuit for the first time on a test day ahead of the weekend, Flashman was faced with a new challenge in Saturday morning’s free practice session, with a damp track greeting the drivers for free practice.
Despite the challenging conditions, Flashman was an encouraging 13th quickest and just seven-tenths of a second away from a place inside the top ten.
Qualifying later in the day saw Flashman put his car 17th on the grid and he would finish the opening race a place high after a solid performance in a six-lap encounter that would finish behind the Safety Car following an accident elsewhere in the pack.
In front of a bumper crowd on Sunday, Flashman was left with work to do at the start when he stalled his car as the lights went out, but the youngster was able to fight his way back into contention with the pack ahead.
Having made up two places following a clash between two of his rivals, Flashman then found himself embroiled in a three-way battle for position with Harry Mailer and Ryan Hadfield over the final lap.
A drag race between the trio to the line would end with Flashman getting ahead of Hadfield to ensure another 16th place finish as he continues with his racing education.
“I only had one day of testing to learn the circuit and it’s a hard track to learn,” he said. “The lap is very long and there are a lot of twisty corners as well as the long right hand corner towards the end where the car moves around a lot.
“I hoped I would be able to get into the top ten and in practice it went really well. I like the damp conditions and I thought I did well, and then I was able to qualify 17th.
“In race one, I made up a place before the Safety Car came out but in race two I came off the clutch a bit quick and stalled the car. It was quite hard to chase the cars in front and it’s more difficult than when you are racing with them, but I managed to make up a position on the run to the finish.
“I was pleased with how Saturday went and a little bit disappointed with Sunday so it’s been a mixed weekend, but overall I’m happy.”
Flashman’s next outing will see him head north to Scotland, with two more rounds of the series at Knockhill in a fortnight.
Prior to that, he will also be out in action during a media event at Rockingham on the 17th August, where guests are welcome to join him to see his Ginetta G40 at close quarters.